This marked the last session in the #BookstagramSeries with our guest author – Peace Adzo Medie (@peacemedie) and our Ijeoma Ucheibe on June 11, 2020. Peace Adzo Medie is a scholar and writer. She is Senior Lecturer in Gender and International Politics at the University of Bristol. Her research addresses gender, politics, and conflict in Africa. Her book, Global Norms and Local Action: The Campaigns to End Violence against Women in Africa, was published in March 2020 by Oxford University Press. Her debut novel, His Only Wife, will be published in September 2020 by Algonquin Books. Medie’s research has been supported by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, and her findings have been published in African Affairs, International Studies Review, Politics & Gender, and the European Journal of Politics and Gender. Her work has won several awards, including the 2019 Best Paper Award of the European Journal of Politics and Gender. Her short stories have appeared in Slice Magazine, Transition, Four Way Review, and elsewhere. She is a co-editor of African Affairs, the top-ranked African Studies journal and is also a Research Fellow at LECIAD, University of Ghana, and a 2015 – 2017 Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow. She earned a BA in Geography from the University of Ghana, an MA in International Studies from Ohio University, and a PhD in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. She attended OLA Girls Secondary School, Ho. Medie is represented by Kiele Raymond at Thompson Literary Agency.
The conversation centred around the author’s writing – academic and literary, her activism to end gender-based violence and how she writes her stories in quiet (which is rare as writers are known to be inspired by music), her writing process for The Landlord and The Burning and how she manages to stay out of the limelight especially when she was asked her stance on J.K. Rowling’s remarks on Twitter. In all, it was an enjoyable session and a perfect finish to the series.
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